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France: New Online Tourist Guide for Paris Metro

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Transit authorities have released a new online tourist guide for the underground Paris metro system. The Manuel du savoir-vivre à l’usage du voyageur moderne’ or “manual of etiquette for the use of the modern traveler” includes 12 etiquette tips for locals and tourists to adhere to. After officials gathered feedback and suggestions from about 2,000 [read more]

France: Deadly E. coli Virus Found in France

Date: July 5th, 2011 | No Comments

An outbreak of the E. coli virus in France has been linked to the same deadly strain that plagued Germany in recent weeks, killing dozens and leaving hundreds extraordinarily sick. Experts are advising people to avoid raw salad shoots and seeds, saying that if they are to be eaten, the foods should be steamed and [read more]

France: Paris Thieves Want Smartphones

Date: January 12th, 2011 | No Comments

Travelers in Paris may have a good reason to be discreet when using their smartphones: according to a New York Times report, aggravated robberies in the public transport system are up more than 40 percent, primarily because thieves are going after those phones. Almost half of all reported thefts in 2010 were of iPhones and [read more]

France: Airline Employees to Strike Over Tax on Perks

Date: November 3rd, 2010 | No Comments

Strikes against pension reform have been common across France for several weeks now, but an unrelated strike by airline employees is planned for Nov. 5-8. The unions representing airline staff are protesting new legislation that will require airline personnel to pay tax on discounted plane tickets and other perks not provided by their employer. The [read more]

France: Strikes Against Pension Reform Could Continue Indefinitely

Date: October 13th, 2010 | No Comments

The largest protests against pension reform in four such demonstrations over the past month canceled flights and trains and closed the Eiffel Tower again Oct. 12. The government refused to back down from raising the retirement age from 60 to 62, and some unions declared open-ended strikes that mean they could continue for days or [read more]

France: Tensions Rise Between Taxi and Mini-cab Drivers in Paris

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Reservable mini-cabs are on the rise in Paris, much to the chagrin of 18,000 Parisian taxi drivers. Until recent years, the taxi lobby in Paris fought against allowing minicabs in the city. Now, with the “tourist vehicles with chauffeurs,” or VTCs, gaining business, taxi unions want the government to impose a 15-minute delay between reserving [read more]

France: Amid Fears of Terrorist Threats Police Meeting Called

Date: March 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

Interior Minister Claude Gueant held a meeting with police chiefs on Tuesday to discuss the potential security risks that are resulting from the military operation in Libya being spearheaded by the French military. The meeting was not the result of a specific threat, but rather a reaction to Libya’s track record and broader threat against [read more]

France: Lourdes Grotto Under Repair

Date: January 5th, 2011 | No Comments

The grotto at the Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes in southwestern France will be closed daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. for repair work through Feb. 8. Pebbles have been falling from cracks in the rock ceiling and walls and pose a danger to worshippers below. Usually the grotto is open 24 hours a [read more]

France: Protests Against Pension Reform Continue, Turn Violent

Date: October 20th, 2010 | No Comments

Heated protests against the government’s plan to raise the retirement age to 62 continued around the country and became violent Oct. 19, primarily in Lyon, and almost a third of all gas stations in France ran out of fuel. Half of the flights out of Paris’ Orly airport and 30 percent out of France’s other [read more]

Europe: U.S. State Department Travel Alert to Raise Awareness, Not Fear

Date: October 6th, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department’s travel alert about terrorist threats in Europe should serve to raise travelers’ awareness about potential problems rather than suggest they abandon plans to visit. As the alert says, European governments have taken steps to prevent attacks and spoken publicly about the heightened threats. Travelers need to know that targets could be [read more]

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